Director Ken Loach Criticizes ‘Fake Nostalgia’ of TV Period Dramas

Director Ken Loach Criticizes 'Fake Nostalgia' of TV Period Dramas

British filmmaker Ken Loach has criticized British television broadcasters for indulging in a “rosy vision of the past” by airing period dramas such as Downton Abbey. Although the hit ITV period drama concluded in 2015, it has inspired a slew of costume dramas including Victoria, Poldark, Call the Midwife and War and Peace.

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However, the director—known for making social commentary films—believes these commissioning choices deflect from the real issues of today and encourage viewers to “wallow in fake nostalgia.” Ken Loach is awarded the first ever Raindance Auteur Award at Vue Piccadilly in London, September 27, 2016. The filmmaker has criticized TV broadcasters for an abundance of period dramas. Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty “It says: ‘Don’t bother your heads with what’s going on now, just wallow in fake nostalgia,’” he told the Radio Times in response to a question about Downton Abbey. “It’s bad history, bad drama. It puts your brain to sleep. It’s the opposite of what a good broadcaster should do, which is stimulate and invigorate.” Loach went on to liken the programming to a popular brand of British chocolates: “TV drama is like the picture on the Quality Street tin, but with with less quality and nothing of the street.” The 80-year-old director is currently promoting his latest film, I, Daniel Blake, which chronicles an elderly man’s troubles with the British welfare system after being injur…

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